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Strongsville will pay North Royalton firm $1 million to install sanitary sewers along Howe Road

February 5, 2019 GMT

Strongsville will pay North Royalton firm $1 million to install sanitary sewers along Howe Road

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- The city will pay a North Royalton firm $1 million to install sanitary sewers on Howe Road from Falmouth Drive south to Boston Road.

DiGioia-Suburban Excavating LLC submitted the lowest of eight bids for the project, which according to the city’s latest estimate would cost $1.2 million. 

Other contractors submitting proposals included Fabrizi Trucking & Paving Co. in Middleburg Heights, whose bid was about $60,000 more than DiGioia-Suburban’s; Underground Utilities Inc. in Monroeville, which bid $1.1 million; S.E.T. Inc. in Lowellville, which bid $1.2 million; and TRAX Construction Co. in Wickliffe, which bid $1.3 million.


Also, Terrace Construction Co. Inc. in Cleveland bid $1.4 million, Rudzik Excavating in Struthers bid $1.5 million and Lockhart Concrete Co. in Akron bid $1.8 million.

Lori Daley, Strongsville’s assistant city engineer, told cleveland.com Monday (Feb. 4) that DiGioia-Suburban had not yet provided a construction schedule.

The Howe project will cover a distance of about 2,000 feet and will bring sanitary sewers for the first time to 33 households.

Last year, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District agreed to contribute $450,000 toward the project. The city applied for $540,000 in additional money from the State of Ohio, but was denied, Daley said.

Residents benefitting from the new sewers will help pay for the work. Last year, city officials said that homeowners needing short sewer connections will be charged an estimated $13,271, while those needing longer connections will be charged $18,771.

Homeowners can pay the charges in one lump sum or be assessed on their property taxes over 20 years.

“Once the construction is completed, we will recalculate the assessment values based on the actual construction costs and factor in the NEORSD money,” Daley told cleveland.com Monday.

Last year, Law Director Neal Jamison said the Howe project is necessary because over the past three to four years, the city has received “several” complaints of foul odors in the Howe area due to failing septic-tank systems.

Also, Jamison said the city is under federal and state mandates to connect all households to sanitary sewers. He said the mandates date back to the 1980s, when an amendment to the federal Clean Water Act called for elimination of pollutants in storm water.